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Walmart to close on Thanksgiving, citing a 'trying year' for employees

July 27, 2020 / Ben Unglesbee
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Walmart has decided to close all of its stores in the U.S. on Thanksgiving this year, for the first time since the late 1980s. The company also said its Sam's Club locations will be closed on the holiday this year. Walmart said it will operate at normal hours on Wednesday, Nov. 25, while Black Friday hours "will be shared at a later date." "We know this has been a trying year, and our associates have stepped up," John Furner, president and CEO of Walmart U.S., said in a statement. "We hope they will enjoy a special Thanksgiving Day at home with their loved ones." The company also announced a third round of cash bonuses amid the COVID-19 pandemic for store, club, distribution center and fulfillment center associates, totaling $428 million. The bonuses amount to $300 for full-time, hourly workers and $150 for part-time and temporary associates. The running total for the pandemic-related bonuses is $1.1 billion so far this year.